Caroline Banzali is a Tax Partner in our Los Angeles office and leads the Merger & Acquisition Services Practice as well as the Sports & Entertainment and Cannabis Industry Groups. She has over 20 years of experience serving strategic and private equity clients on both buy- and sell-side transactions ranging between $5 million and $15 billion, including pre-transaction readiness, global financial and tax due diligence, transaction tax structuring, spin-offs, reorganizations, debt and equity financing, initial public offerings, and other capital events as well as tax remediation and post-transaction integration services. Caroline’s experience spans all business life-cycle stages and industries, with particular focus on private equity, start-ups, automotive, technology, licensing & merchandising, media & entertainment, telecommunications, real estate & hospitality, and financial institutions.
In addition to 14 years with the “Big Four” in Los Angeles and New York, including 12 focused exclusively on M&A transactions, Caroline spent a number of years as a senior corporate executive.
Prior to joining Squar Milner, Caroline was Head of Tax & Risk Management at a California-based EV/Tech start-up, with multinational structure encompassing IP licensing and royalties, research & development, and manufacturing activities.
Caroline also served as Senior Vice President & Head of Tax at a prominent Los Angeles-based private equity firm and ultra-high net worth family office specializing in structuring global media & entertainment, real estate, and technology investments.
Her experience and background as both service provider and corporate executive has culminated in Caroline’s unique arsenal of practical business savvy coupled with technical expertise.
- Member, State Bar of California
- Member, California Lawyers Association, Taxation Section
- Master of Laws, Taxation – Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
- Juris Doctor – Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
- Bachelor of Science, Business Administration – University of Southern California, Los Angeles
- Graduated with Honors at age 19